Christmas and New Year in Meribel

26 June 2017

The Meribel resort is always a hive of activity in the lead up to the winter season and the local council is kept busy installing the lights that illuminate the resort. Christmas in Meribel is a very twinkly bonanza with Christmas trees and baubles, snowmen and teddy bears, and of course the Coeur de Meribel, the resort’s famous Heart logo.

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Why spend Christmas in Meribel

Spending Christmas in Meribel is very special indeed. It's the perfect way to escape the typical stressful Christmas at home, and instead be swept up in the magic and sparkle of Christmas in the Alps. Celebrated with torch light descents and fireworks, Christmas carols are sung in the main square and the sweet scent of mulled wine can be caught lingering in the air. Father Christmas in his horse drawn sleigh and red velvet suit makes a long awaited appearance, with children gathering around in their droves. A catholic Christmas mass is celebrated in the large Olympic centre and on Christmas day a smaller Protestant service is held in the small chapel.

On the 3 Valleys pistes the festive spirit is high with lots of skiing Santas adorned with red hats and baubles! What better way to spend Christmas than in the snow, on the slopes with festive cheer in the air?


Santa on the slopes


Most French families gather to eat their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve. Smoked salmon, foie gras and oysters are typical, along with the traditional Bouche de Noël for dessert  (known to us as the delicious Chocolate Log that all local patisserie shops sell at Christmas time).

Our catered Chalets in Meribel stick to the traditional Anglo-Saxon tradition, with turkey and trimmings complete with Christmas crackers with their bad jokes and party hats. We really make sure that you have the best, stress-free Christmas to make memories you'll never forget. What could be better than waking on Christmas day to beautiful snow covered mountains, having a morning on the slopes, before coming back to your cosy chalet and tucking into a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Perfect!


Celebrate twice in Meribel

We see the New Year in with a bang in Méribel! The firework displays are spectacular and can be seen all around the resort. Huge open-air discos sometimes take place at La Chaudanne, where massive crowds party on until the small hours. Unsurprisingly the slopes are a little quieter on New Year’s Day morning, but after a night of fun and laughter, what could be better than having a well-deserved lie in?

Of course, that's just one amazing celebration, but in Meribel, we get two! Due to the large number of Russian visitors that frequent the 3 Valleys, the Russian Christmas on 6th January gives the resort another excuse for more incredible firework displays.

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